Laura Whitfield secures top spot in the Horseware Bronze League Semi-Final at Bishop Burton College

Following a nail biting jump off, Laura Whitfield secured the top spot in the Northern Horseware Bronze League Semi-Final at Bishop Burton College on Sunday, and in doing so, she gave herself the chance to compete for the Championship title at this year’s Horse of the Year Show later this year.

A strong field of fifty-seven determined combinations were all vying for one of the seven qualifications places up for grabs for the Horseware Bronze League Final. The first two rounds asked some technical questions of both horse and rider leaving sixteen talented combinations to go forward to contest for their place in the top seven against the clock in the jump off.

After a thrilling three rounds of showjumping, Laura Whitfield from Haltwhistle, Northumberland, sat clear of the competition with her 7 year-old bay mare, Apricor Sunshine. This partnership proved their consistency as they rode to a treble clear in an unbeatable time of 38.66 seconds ensuring their first place finish.

Taking home second place was Joanne Fennell from Birmingham on board her 11 year-old bay mare Bantasia. This combination left all the fences standing to post a treble clear in 39.67 seconds.

Finding herself with a third place finish for the second year running was Angela Mills from Haswell, County Durham riding her own 12 year-old bay gelding Quids In II. This pair held their nerve to post a treble clear in a time of 40.02 seconds.

Horseware Bronze League Qualifier

1st Laura Whitfield & Apricor Sunshine – 0/0/0 – 38.66 seconds

2nd Joanne Fennell & Bantasia – 0/0/0 – 39.67 seconds

3rd Angela Mills & Quids In II – 0/0/0 – 40.02 seconds

4th Michelle Macdonald & Killagriff Lyncruise Lou – 0/0/0 – 40.31 seconds

5th Vanessa Townsend & Wonder II – 0/0/0 – 40.43 seconds

6th Rachel Proudley & Vayrann – 0/0/0 – 40.47 seconds

7th Annabel Windsor & MC Clover – 0/0/0 – 41.46 seconds

After a thrilling sixteen horse jump off, it was Vicky Burns from Litchfield, Staffordshire who posted the winning performance on board Paul Bevan’s 9 year-old bay gelding, Denzel II in the Northern Silver League Semi-Final at Bishop Burton College on Sunday. This pair crossed the finish line on a treble clear in 37.06 seconds and in doing so, booked a place to compete for the Championship title at this year’s Horse of the Year Show in October.

The riders and horses that finished in second to seventh also took home the chance to compete in the Silver League Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show.

Bishop Burton – Sunday 6th August 2017

Silver League Semi-Final

1st Vicky Burns & Denzel II – 0/0/0 – 37.06 seconds
2nd Emma Sargeant & Fools Business – 0/0/0 – 37.27 seconds
3rd Melanie Butcher & Flits – 0/0/0 – 39.69 seconds
4th Eve Staveley & Shadow IV – 0/0/0 – 39.99 seconds
5th Rachel Walker & Bo Gi – 0/0/0 – 40.11 seconds
6th David Harland & Fauber – 0/0/0 – 42.09 seconds
7th Amanda Kent & Contrichta – 0/0/4 – 37.16 seconds

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